Construction site deaths highlight need for safety

Alabama employees in any industry can be at risk for contracting illnesses or being injured in the line of duty. A work-related injury can leave a worker unable to work for a short time or for an extended period of time, resulting in serious financial hardship from lost wages. Such a challenge can be in addition to sometimes painful physical or emotional components of the injury. In extreme situations, death even occurs.

A construction site is known to be one of the more dangerous workplace environments, with a relatively high rate of accidents when compared to some others. In San Francisco, the recent death of a second construction worker on the job for the new San Francisco 49ers football stadium reminds us all of this reality. Early investigations confirm that no foul play or criminal activity was involved as the man's death was an accident.

The 60-year old delivery truck driver was the victim of a crush injury under a bundle of rebar being unloaded. He was taken to the hospital where he died. Just a few months prior, a 63-year old elevator mechanic died in a shaft on the site. The OSHA investigation into the first fatality is still underway and an investigation pertaining to the latest death is also commencing. The job site is known to be under pressure to complete the project in an aggressive timeline.

Such stories make it clear that the need to prevent unsafe working conditions is real. A work accident victim can lose wages, a limb or even a life in a matter of moments. If you or a loved one have been affected by a workplace injury accident, you can often get help from an experienced attorney.

Source: Alabama's13 WVTM-TV, "2nd worker dies at 49ers stadium construction site," October 14, 2013

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